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Environmental analysis of the energy use of hemp – analysis of the comparative life cycle: diesel oil vs. hemp–diesel

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  • Xaquin Acosta Casas
  • Joan Rieradevall i Pons
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    Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) is a herbaceous crop with a potential production of 12 tons of dry matter per hectare and a seed output of 0.5–2 tons per hectare, depending on its handling. The agro-ecological aspects and the high yield of vegetable biomass from hemp farming are the factors that indicate a possible interest in this plant from the point of view of energy use, but in order to validate this it is necessary to carry out a Life Cycle Analysis. It is to be observed that the hemp energy resources come from the vegetable biomass used as fuel, or by obtaining bio-diesel from the oil derived from its seeds. In order to carry out the environmental analysis of the energy use of hemp-diesel the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has been used as an environmental tool which has allowed for a comparison of the results obtained with those of diesel oil.

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    Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 133-139

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    Handle: RePEc:ids:ijarge:v:4:y:2005:i:2:p:133-139

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    Keywords: bio-diesel; diesel oil; energy use; environmental analysis; global warming; hemp; LCA; hemp–diesel; lifecycle analysis; lifecycle assessment; biomass; alternative fuels; transport energy consumption.;

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